Job 31
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1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?1I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?
2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?2For what portion would I have from God above, or what inheritance from the Almighty on high?
3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?3Doesn't disaster come to the unjust and misfortune to evildoers?
4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?4Does he not see my ways and number all my steps?
5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;5If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit,
6Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.6let God weigh me on accurate scales, and he will recognize my integrity.
7If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;7If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,
8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.8let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.
9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;9If my heart has gone astray over a woman or I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.10let my own wife grind grain for another man, and let other men sleep with her.
11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.11For that would be a disgrace; it would be an iniquity deserving punishment.
12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.12For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.
13If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;13If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,
14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?14what could I do when God stands up to judge? How should I answer him when he calls me to account?
15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?15Did not the one who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same God form us both in the womb?
16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;16If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow's eyes go blind,
17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;17if I have eaten my few crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it--
18(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)18for from my youth, I raised him as his father, and since the day I was born I guided the widow--
19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;19if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,
20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;20if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,
21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:21if I ever cast my vote against a fatherless child when I saw that I had support in the city gate,
22Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.22then let my shoulder blade fall from my back, and my arm be pulled from its socket.
23For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.23For disaster from God terrifies me, and because of his majesty I could not do these things.
24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;24If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,
25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;25if I have rejoiced because my wealth is great or because my own hand has acquired so much,
26If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;26if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor,
27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:27so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,
28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.28this would also be an iniquity deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.
29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:29Have I rejoiced over my enemy's distress, or become excited when trouble came his way?
30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.30I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.
31If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.31Haven't the members of my household said, "Who is there who has not had enough to eat at Job's table?"
32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.32No stranger had to spend the night on the street, for I opened my door to the traveler.
33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:33Have I covered my transgressions as others do by hiding my iniquity in my heart
34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?34because I greatly feared the crowds and because the contempt of the clans terrified me, so I grew silent and would not go outside?
35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.35If only I had someone to hear my case! Here is my signature; let the Almighty answer me. Let my Opponent compose his indictment.
36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.36I would surely carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.
37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.37I would give him an account of all my steps; I would approach him like a prince.
38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;38If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,
39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:39if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,
40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.40then let thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. The words of Job are concluded.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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